19 Now it came about in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite [a]staying in the remote part of the hill country of Ephraim, who took a concubine for himself from Bethlehem in Judah.2 But his concubine played the harlot against him, and she went away from him to her father’s house in Bethlehem in Judah, and was there for a period of four months.
10 But the man was not willing to spend the night, so he arose and departed and came to a place opposite Jebus (that is, Jerusalem). And there were with him a pair of saddled donkeys; his concubine also was with him.11 When they were near Jebus, the day was almost gone; and the servant said to his master, “Please come, and let us turn aside into this city of the Jebusites and spend the night in it.”12 However, his master said to him, “We will not turn aside into the city of foreigners who are not of the sons of Israel; but we will go on as far as Gibeah.”13 He said to his servant, “Come and let us approach one of these places; and we will spend the night in Gibeah or Ramah.”14 So they passed along and went their way, and the sun set on them near Gibeah which belongs to Benjamin.15 They turned aside there in order to enter and lodge in Gibeah. When [a]they entered, [b]they sat down in the open square of the city, for no one took them into his house to spend the night.
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